Reference Universe

Reference Universe is an excellent place to get background information on any topic, because it is a discovery tool for reference materials. It searches the indexes and article titles from nearly 20,000 electronic and print reference works (encyclopedias, handbooks, manuals, etc.), then takes you straight to the electronic article (if we own) or provides page numbers and links to the MadCat record (for print). If you choose to, you may also view the entries for sources that we do not own. New titles are added continuously. (Updated continuously. Matches to MadCat are conducted 3 times per year.)

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1980 - present

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